Meet the Latest Cancer Patient who was Cured with the Help of Cannabis Oil
A father battling cancer claims cannabis helped cure him of the disease.
Trevor Smith, 54, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012. Doctors told him that without immediate surgery to remove his bladder, prostate and lymph nodes – followed by chemotherapy – he would be dead within two years.
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But worried about his quality of life after such radical surgery, he decided to try alternative therapies – and began taking cannabis oil after learning about it online.
He claims that 10 weeks later, despite doctors’ warnings about delaying treatment, the cancer had not spread to any other organs.
This meant it could be lasered away in a far less invasive procedure – and he the father-of-three has now been cancer-free for a year.
Mr Smith, who works as a manager in the oil and gas industry, said:
‘It felt like I was going into the unknown, but the cannabis oil changed things for the better.
‘When doctors told me I had gone into remission, I was lost for words, I almost couldn’t believe it.’
‘I feel indebted to the oil and its medical properties, there are alternatives to chemotherapy but people just need to open their eyes to it.’
Scientific research does suggest that cannabinoids – the active chemicals found in cannabis – possess anti-cancer properties which help stem the growth of malignant tumors.
And Cancer Research UK is currently funding clinical trials using the drug.
Mr Smith’s wife Carol, 55, said:
‘So many thoughts rushed through my mind all at once when Trevor was diagnosed. All I could envisage was I was going to lose the love of my life.
‘We knew we had to try a different approach to save his life.’
While a healthy diet and alternative medicines, such as Essiac tea and vitamin supplements, were successful in improving Mr Smith’s overall health, he was still in excruciating pain as the cancer continued to spread.
It was then that they resorted to using cannabis oil to treat his cancer – risking prison by possessing large quantities of the drug.
The couple, from Derby, made the controversial decision after discovering a popular pro-cannabis film called ‘Run From The Cure’, which claimed the class B drug could be used as a cure.
The couple got in contact with a legal manufacturer of cannabis oil in the USA, who agreed to supply Mr Smith with the drug.
The couple arranged to pick up 60 grams of cannabinoid, an edible compound of the plant containing 65 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive compound in marijuana -in the UK.
Research published last month by the University of East Anglia found THC has been shown to help combat the growth of cancerous cells.
Although doctors can prescribe the drug to named cancer patients to treat nausea and vomiting, the possession of cannabinoid is prohibited under UK law and can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.
Mr Smith said: ‘It wasn’t a case of I had no respect for the law, I was fighting to save my life.
‘At that point, I would have risked everything to beat the cancer. ‘These options have always been there, even in the UK, but the medical system has kept it from everyone.
‘I never really gave it a second thought; I was in a race against time, so I had to roll the dice.’
His wife, an artist, added: ‘I would have done anything to give my husband the treatment he needed.
‘Even if I was caught, what would they do? Send me to prison for trying to treat my dying husband?
‘The only thing in my mind was saving my husband from chemo, radiation and radical surgery – not my freedom.’
The couple, who have been married for 33 years, planned to carry out the treatment, which included feeding Mr Smith 60 grams of cannabis oil, over a period of ten weeks.
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The father-of-three, who had no previous experience of taking the drug, said:
‘The effects were quite shocking.’
His wife said: ‘Initially, Trevor reacted very badly to the cannabis oil.
‘Neither of us had ever used any recreational drugs, so we weren’t aware of the effects it had.
‘At first, it made him very sleepy and non-responsive – both conversationally and physically.
‘He would sleep for up to 12 hours at night. It was one of the hardest things we have ever gone through.’
Mrs Smith has since written a book called Taking Control: My Journey of Alternative Healing by Alyssia Sade.
Research led by Dr Wai Liuat, at St George’s University in London, suggests that cannabinoids possess anti-cancer properties which help to stem the growth of malignant tumors.